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Homes to be built at Ram Brewery site in Wandsworth

Proposed development of Ram Brewery
Image caption The heritage buildings at Ram Brewery site will be restored under the plan

A 36-storey residential tower, shops and restaurants will be built at the site of London's oldest brewery.

Brewing began at the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth in 1581, and beer was continuously produced at the site until 2006.

Approving the plan, Wandsworth Council said listed structures would be restored and a brewing museum opened.

The development will have 661 homes and generate more than 500 jobs.

A network of public squares and footpaths will run along the banks of the River Wandle connecting the modern development with the heritage buildings.

The developers are also expected to provide £16.5m to put towards redesigning the one-way system in Wandsworth, which will ease the congestion on the roads.

Nick Cuff, Wandsworth Council's planning chairman said: "The brewery site forms a gaping hole in the very centre of Wandsworth Town, surrounded by walls, locked gates and derelict buildings.

"This development would open it up as a new pedestrian quarter complete with riverside walks, public square and fantastic heritage attractions like a museum and micro-brewery. The new walking routes it offers would really help to join up the town centre."

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